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11, 1966

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Ivy

League

Fights

NCAA

Grade-Point

Standards

By BOB McFARLAND
An Ivy League team finishing
near the top in an NCAA tourna-
ment was always regarded about
as likely as one of Bear Bryant's
brutes to wini a Rhodes Scholar-
ship.
Until last year, that is. Then
6 along came a gentleman named
Bill Bradley to lead the Prince-
ton five to a highly respectable
third-place finish in the NCAA
roundball tourney. Quite a switch
for a conference which had ex-
celled only in fencing, a sport
that has a rather aristocratic air
about it anyway.
Yes, those boys from the East
might have to be reckoned with.
from now on. Dartmouth's grid
coach, Bob Blackman, even
thinks Ivy League football is on
a par with other leading con-
ferences around the country.
Fencing is now taking a back-
seat role.
Pennsylvania had the task of
proving that the Princeton suc-
cess last year wasn't just a fluke.
They were scheduled to open
competition against Syracuse in
the first round of NCAA regional
play on Monday night. The site
was the Quakers' home field house,'
the Palestra in Philadelphia.
The Palestra was dark and
empty Monday night, though. The
NCAA had packed their bags and
moved the first round site to

Blacksburg, Virginia, and Penn
wasn't invited to go along. The
Quakers, along with Yale, had
been declared ineligible to com-
pete in all NCAA championships.
Semantic Grade Point
It was another blow in the run-
ning feud between the NCAA and
Ivy League over the national
body's ruling that an athlete must
have at least a 1.6 grade point in
a 4.0 scale to receive athletic
scholarships. The way the con-
troversy is shaping up, it's going
to involve enough strife and bit-
terness to make the Hatfield-Mc-
Coy struggle look like a tempest,
in a teapot.
And the strangest thing is,,
most observers see it as simply a
battle over semantics.
Athletic Director Jerry Ford of
Pennsylvania said Monday that
the Ivy League was refusing to
comply with the NCAA ruling on
three main counts. "First of all,
the Ivy League doesn't give ath-
letic scholarships, so the 1.6 pro-
vision doesn't apply in any case,"
Ford stated.
They Who Decide
'Secondly, our standards for
scholarships, which, I reiterate,
are based solely on need, are
much higher than the minimal re-
quirements set down in the rul-
ing anyway.
"Thirdly, and most important,
we do not agree with the principle

than an institution like the NCAA,
whose business is to govern inter-
trude into, the admissions and
collegiate athletics, should in-
eligibility requirements of mem-
ber schools," Ford continued.
Ford, elaborating on his final
point, emphasized, "We feel that
the dean of admissions has the
right and the background to de-
cide whether a boy is fit to en-
ter an institution, and whether
he is eligible for aid. We just
don't think it's fair and we're
not going to subject athletes to
admissions and eligibility re-
quirements which non-athletes.
are not subjected to."
Compromise Rejected
A compromise which would per-
mit Pennsylvania to enter the
NCAA basketball competition ap-
peared to be in the offing last
week. Dr. Robert F. Goheen, Presi-
dent of Princeton and spokesman
for the Ivies on the matter, said
each institution would be willing
to send a telegram, outline its
academic standards which would
be well within the NCAA frame-
work.
However, Goheen said the league
would refuse to sign NCAA forms,
saying that the school would com-
ply with the 1.6 decision. That
was perfectly all right with NCAA
President Everett Barnes. It ap-
peared that the national body had
begun a calculated withdrawal, if

the Ivy League would only give
it a token bow.
Cornell was only too happy to
get the squabble out of the way.
After all, the Big Red had a hock-
ey team headed for an NCAA
playoff berth. The Cornell mes-
sage politely affirmed the Ivy
stand on institutional autonomy,
but was diplomatically silent on
the 1.6 legislation' An NCAA re-
ply indicated that Cornell was
back in good graces.
Gratuitous Comments
Princeton, Brown, Columbia,
and Dartmouth followed suit. Har-
vard decided not to reply at all.
Pennsylvania and Yale, who had
the greatest stake in maintain-
ing their eligibility (Yale was ex-
pected to put on a strong showing
at the NCAA swimming champion-
ships next month) decided to add
a few remarks to their telegrams.
The two schools reminded the
executive director of the NCAA,
Walter Byers, that the mere out-
line of an institution's academic
policy was not tantamount to
compliance with the 1.6 provi-
sion. This departure from the
telegram's prearranged form
included what one official term-
ed "gratuitous comments" on
the NCAA by-law.
Byers did not take too kindly
to these "gratuitous comments"
and he did not appreciate being
reminded that the telegrams were

not in actual compliance with the
NCAA ruling. Byers quickly sent
messages to both Gaylord P.
Harnwell, Pennsylvania's presi-
dent, and Klingman Brewster,
Yale's president asking them to
repudiate the telegrams of their
athletic directors.
Even Fencing Suffers
Harnwell and Brewster both re-
fused to do so, and the NCAA
stuck to its guns, declaring both
Penn and Yale ineligible. As if
the situation was not already com-
plicated enough, Goheen and the
Ivy League policy committee re-
entered the situation.
The policy committee decided
Friday that if two Ivy League
members had been declared in-
eligible, then the entire confer-
ence would refuse to participate
in any NCAA competition. Har-
vard was out of the NCAA track
championships, Cornell , was
eliminated from the hockey
competition, and even the old
stand-by; fencing, was destined
to be won by a non-Ivy team.
Goheen issued " a statement
which said, "the NCAA's 1.6 leg-
islation is perhaps laudatory in
general objective" but it is "very
badly constructed legislation. It
would appear to be the product of
people who are more knowledgable
about athletics than the life of
the mind."
The Princeton president went

on to call the NCAA's standards
for predicting an acceptable aver-
age "prior to a student's admis-
sion to college so low as to be
ridiculous to a great many colleges
and universities."
Eleventh Hour
When asked if a possibility for
compromise still existed after the
strife of last week, Penn's Ford,
who has been thrust into one of
the conflict's central positions, re-
marked, "No, I don't think they'll
back down and I know we won't."
"Both sides were flexing their
muscles right down until the
eleventh hour," Ford added. The
Ivy League has not made a com-
plete withdrawal from the NCAA,
and the conference reportedly
hopes to drum up enough support
to repeal the 1.6 provision at the
next meeting of the NCAA this
summer.
Ford lamented the fact that
the Quaker cagers were affected by
the controversy. "It's a shame the
athletes are the ones that will
be hurt," he said. "Coach Jack
McClowskey and the team worked
hard to win the Ivy League crown.
We are very proud of the way the
team has taken it though."
Honor vs. Position
A recent survey taken by the
Boston Herald reported that 108
of the 571 member schools of
the NCAA are refusing to accept
the 1.6 ruling and are looking

to the Ivy League for leadership.
Ford said that many of the
uncommitted schools around the
nation consider he Ivies, especially
Harvard and Yale, to be spokes-
man for the group. "I would es-
timate that there are 50-60 in-
stitutions in the East right now
who are sympathetic to our stand,
but who haven't taken a position
as yet because they have no stake
in the NCAA championships,"
Ford asserted.
Fraternity
Major independents in the East
who have taken the same position
as the Ivy League include MIT,
Holy Cross, Bowdoin, Brandeis,
Middlebury, and Tuffs. By no
means do the Ivies stand alone.
Editorial opinion among the
student newspapers in the con-
ference has been mixed. The Daily
Princetonian treated the issue as
a complicated farce. The Daily;
Pennsylvanian and the Harvard
Crimson both applauded the
stand, while some grumblings
could be detected in the Cornell
Daily Sun, which wanted to know
why the schools hadn't all- sent
the same telegram if unity was so
important.
Commissioner Bill Reed of
the Big Ten stated that the
"Big Ten academic regulations
are well within the NCAA guide-
lines." He said that he was not
really acquainted with the rea-

sons behind the Ivy League po-
sitions, because "they kept silent
on the matter at the last meet-
ing."
Michigan requires a 1.7 pre-
dicted grade-point before a po-
tential athlete can receive aid.
Wouldn't the Hatfield-McCoys
have loved this one? They may not
have understood it, but they could
not have jumped in with any more
fervor than the Ivy League and
NCAA have shown.
Hedrick C* ops
New M Club
Losh Award
In honor of the most outstand-
ing athlete and student of the
year, the 'M' Club presented Carl
Hendrick with the new Hazel M.
Losh award last night. Because of
Professor Losh's avid support and
loyal enthusiasm for Michigan
athletics, the award was named in
her honor.
Carl Hendrick is the captain of
the tennis team. He has also earn-
ed a 3A average in engineering.
Terry Barr and Ron Kramer
made the presentation.

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